TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs High School student, Alyssa Santos, has been named a semifinalist for the Coast Guard Award for the 2017 Military Child of the Year Award.
Operation Homefront chooses six children or teens, aged 8 to 18 years old, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard for the Military Child of the Year Award, each receiving $10,000 a year.
The organization narrows 400 nominees down to 90 semifinalists. An additional 20 semifinalists are chosen for the Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton.
The award winners are selected based on scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement.
Each semifinalist will be interviewed by a panel selected by Operation Homefront staff, and the winners will be chosen by a panel of judges which include senior retired service members, senior spouses, members of Operation Homefront’s board of directors and other leaders in the military support community.
Athena Santos, Alyssa Santos’ mother, said she was aware of the Child of the Year Award because of her knowledge of Operation Homefront. Having served on active duty in the Coast Guard for 24 years. Although she had assistance from family members throughout the years as a single mother of two, the organization provided support.
TARPON SPRINGS - The first observance of Epiphany in Tarpon Springs was celebrated in 1903. The annual event has continued and grown into an event attended by thousands, who come from places all around the world.
This year's celebration is set for Friday, Jan. 6, and begins with Orthros at 8 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs followed by the Divine Liturgy. Next up is the Greater Blessing of Waters by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, Georgia at the Cathedral at noon.
TARPON SPRINGS - Bulk Nation, the Tampa-based bulk food specialty grocer, celebrated the grand opening of its Tarpon Springs store beginning Dec. 9.
The Tarpon Springs store is at 41232 U.S. 19 N. in Tarpon Square. A portion of sales from the grand opening weekend was set aside to benefit the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA.
“With the opening of our stores, we think it important to build a connection with the communities,” said Clay Donato, Bulk Nation president who also is board chairman of the Brandon YMCA. “The Y has many needs.”
The president of United for Human Rights Florida, Gracia Bennish of Tarpon Springs, and Paul Gutierrez, vice president of United for Human Rights Miami, were honored in Bogota, Colombia, with the Jose Hilario Lopez Award for Human Rights.
The two were received the award Sept. 9 at the Ministry for Defense Complex in Bogota for their work in promoting human rights in education.
A Church of Scientology sponsored organization, United for Human Rights is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated human at the local, regional, national and international levels. It consists of educators and groups who want to provide human rights educational resources and activities.
TARPON SPRINGS - Planning and Zoning director Heather Urwiller asked Mayor Chris Alahouzos to sign a letter, requesting the nomination of Rose Cemetery to the National Register of Historic Places, during the Aug. 16 meeting.
“Essentially, this is an application that started as a partnership between the city and the county as a means to recognize this very historic place that’s had a very interesting history,” Urwiller said.
The cemetery is nominated to the register under the criterion in the areas of Ethnic Heritage/Black and Social History.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Budget Advisory Committee recommended that the City Commission approve the 2016-17 Tarpon Springs budget during the Aug. 16 meeting.
“We think it’s well done [and] well prepared,” said Roger Sellew, Budget Advisory Committee chairman. “We recommend approval by you of the budget that’s been brought forward by your finance department and your city manager.”
Sellew relayed to the commission that the recommendation included salary changes and adjustments that were put into the city system.
TARPON SPRINGS - In Pinellas County, it is currently illegal to sell alcohol before 11 a.m. on Sunday. The county’s blue law is actually earlier than the previous time, 1 a.m. on Sunday, which was changed back in 2003.
However, some on Pinellas city in particular, wants to see it even earlier.
“St. Pete wants the county to adopt going to the normal sales of alcohol to Sunday at 8 o’clock, instead of the [restricted] historical previous that it be at 11 o’clock on Sundays,” said Tarpon Springs City Manager Mark LeCouris.
LOS ANGELES - Tarpon Springs authors David and Maria Nieves Edmonds received three awards at the International Latino Book Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California, Sept. 8 through 11.
Their book, “The Girl in the Glyphs,” a thriller about a Smithsonian archaeologist’s search for a mysterious glyph cave in Nicaragua, won the top Mariposa Award for fiction.
“Lirio del Peru,” the Spanish-language version of “Lily of Peru,” won first place as the best translation from English to Spanish. The book is a story of a University of South Florida professor and a search for his lost love in Peru during the days of the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path, insurrection. His search takes him from gloomy Lima to the haunted ruins of the Inca and even into the jungle where he finds himself chased by secret police, drug dealers and hostile natives.
The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System study of the Anclote River. The study will focus on the area’s anchorage, aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port and harbor resources and future development projects. Companies or individuals wishing to comment or participate in a user survey should visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/AncloteRiverWAMS.
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